Bethesda is holding a free-to-play weekend in Fallout 76 this week. The event will last from May 14th to May 18th. During this promotion, everyone can make use of the double XP weekend, too. Essentially, this whole thing is an ad for the Wastelanders update, which brought in NPCs, a new main quest line, and more. You know, like a Fallout game would have.
Are you curious to see what has changed in Fallout 76 after the Wastelanders update dropped, but don’t wanna pay for it, which is pretty smart of you? Do you want to experience the huge update that has elevated the game into the vertiginous realms of “okay,” but are nervous to put money down? Well, step right up, because Bethesda has announced a free Fallout 76 weekend on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. According to the official Fallout Twitter, the event will last from May 14th at 12 PM EDT to May 18th at 12 PM EDT.
To top it all off, this weekend is also a Double XP Weekend, so that’s great; if you’re planning on jumping in now, you’ll be able to level up twice as fast. Which, given everything and everyone that’s running around Appalachia, is really useful. The announcement makes no mention of whether or not the progress you make during this weekend will carry over if you decide to buy the game after the promotion runs out. Given the nature of these events, you’d assume it would, but this is Bethesda, so anything’s possible.
Sarcasm aside, the free weekend should be more than enough for you to get a pretty good taste of everything Fallout 76 has to offer, while still leaving plenty to do if you decide to purchase the game afterwards. And, to be sure, things aren’t as bad as they used to be. That said, you’re probably still better off playing any other Fallout game. That decision is ultimately up to you, of course.